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TRANSMEDIAL GROWTH AND ADAPTATION

I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama. Absurd.

—J. R. R. Tolkien, Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien1

At a certain point the length of a written work can change its nature completely. It ceases to be a book, or a piece of writing to be read. With words and images, and the accumulation of detail, not subdued to the task of communication, a different function is revealed: the creation of an alternate reality, a means of living for a lifetime in another world.

—John M. MacGregor, Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal ...

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